The Absolute Sound constantly is singing the praises of Naim's Nait 5(i) integrated amplifier. It always receives high praise, and constantly is selected for inclusion in recommended systems. Given this praise, I wonder why the magazine does not seek to review other Naim electronics. As wonderful as the Nait 5i may be, it is at the very bottom of Naim's extensive chain of electronics. Is it because of the "burden" of reviewing both an amplifier and a preamplifier at the same time (although Naim gear can "play well" with others, it often sounds best when matched with a "mate")? For instance, I would love to see the 552/500 combo reviewed, or the 300/252 combo. If the magazine did not want to go that high up the chain, a 282/Hi-Cap2/250 or 202/Hi-Cap2/200 combo would suffice. I'm biased in favor of Naim gear - I'll admit it. But, I really think it sounds great and am at a loss why the Nait 5i is praised all over the place, but very few magazines take the effort to seek out and review Naim's better-sounding gear.
Thanks for letting me vent.